As a Class Member, you are represented by Lead Plaintiff and Class Counsel, unless you enter an appearance through counsel of your own choice at your own expense.
You are not required to retain your own counsel, but if you choose to do so, such counsel must file a notice of appearance on your behalf and must serve copies of his or her appearance on the attorneys listed in the section entitled, “May I speak at the settlement hearing?,” below.
If you are a Class Member and do not wish to remain a Class Member, you may exclude yourself from the Class by following the instructions below in “How do I exclude myself from the Class?”.
If you are a Class Member and you wish to object to the Settlement, the Plan of Allocation, or Class Counsel’s application for attorneys’ fees and reimbursement of litigation expenses, and if you do not exclude yourself from the Class, you may present your objections by following the procedures below in “How do I tell the Court that I do not like something about the proposed Settlement?”
If you are a Class Member and you do not exclude yourself from the Class, you will be bound by any orders issued by the Court. If the Settlement is approved, the Court will enter a judgment (the “Judgment”). The Judgment will dismiss with prejudice the claims against Defendants and will provide that, upon the Effective Date of the Settlement, Lead Plaintiff and each of the other Class Members, on behalf of themselves, and their respective heirs, executors, administrators, predecessors, successors, and assigns in their capacities as such, will have fully, finally and forever compromised, settled, released, resolved, relinquished, waived and discharged each and every Released Claim against the Released Defendant Parties, and shall forever be barred and enjoined from prosecuting any or all of the Released Claims against any of the Released Defendant Parties.